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Im 6 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding i started my period its very heavy with pelvic and low back ache,heavy painful feet and legs is this normal?

Im 6 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding i started my period its very heavy with pelvic and low back ache,heavy painful feet and legs is this normal?

Unfortunately - yes: Your symptoms are common among postpartum women especially if not using an oral contraceptives. Modern OCPs do not interfere with breast feeding if the milk is well established nor does it have significant passage in the milk. They will help reduce the bleeding, pain and heaviness. At 6 weeks you are due to see your OB, so discuss this and find a solution that is best for you. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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I have a paragaurd IUD and am still breastfeeding my period returned about 4 months postpartum and was light and irregular but this past one now at 6 ?

I have a paragaurd IUD and am still breastfeeding my period returned about 4 months postpartum and was light and irregular but this past one now at 6 ?

Don't worry: During breast feeding the cances of oviulation decrease-lactational ammennorea. You can still bleed but it's generally not cyclic bleeding ( from ovulation). The para guard does noting to help uterine bleeding. Your bleeding is not uncommon. ...Read more

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6 weeks postpartum, I'm breastfeeding and I just noticed I'm spotting. I do have regular periods is this normal? I was told I wasn't going to get my period while breastfeeding is that true?

6 weeks postpartum, I'm breastfeeding and I just noticed I'm spotting. I do have regular periods is this normal?  I was told I wasn't going to get my period while breastfeeding is that true?

Lactation Amenorrhea: Lactational amenorrhea ( no periods during postpartum period) occurs when a mother is exclusively breastfeeding and baby is under 6 months of age. This occurs in 98% of women. You might be experiencing spotting if you are not exclusively breastfeeding or the 2% of women who ovulate and have periods. Do not rely on lactational amenorrhea as a form of birth control if you are spotting. ...Read more

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10 Weeks postpartum and exclusively breastfeeding. Had a period at 5 weeks. I'm 5 days late with thicker white dishcharge. Is this pregnancy?

10 Weeks postpartum and exclusively breastfeeding. Had a period at 5 weeks. I'm 5 days late with thicker white dishcharge. Is this pregnancy?

Maybe. Maybe not.: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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9weeks postpartum. I bleed after exercising only. I already had my 6week and everything was good. I am exclusively breastfeeding so its not my period?

9weeks postpartum. I bleed after exercising only. I already had my 6week and everything was good. I am exclusively breastfeeding so its not my period?

Normal: Breast feeding inhibits ovulation, so you are correct the bleeding is not your period. Because you are not yet ovulating, you are not producing the estrogen necessary to heal the uterus after your delivery - that allows the spotting and bleeding to linger, sometimes for up to several months. That is normal. ...Read more

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Am 13 weeks post partum. Exclusive breastfeeding. Got period just before 12 weeks and am bleeding again w. mild cramping. Normal? Concerning? Call dr?

Am 13 weeks post partum. Exclusive breastfeeding. Got period just before 12 weeks and am bleeding again w. mild cramping. Normal? Concerning? Call dr?

Mild?: You can call your doctor anytime but if bleeding/cramping is mild I'd watch for a few days. If worsening or lasts longer call the doctor. Good wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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2 months postpartum. Not breastfeeding. Why haven't i had my period yet? 3 negative pregnancy test! and could i still be pregnant?

2 months postpartum. Not breastfeeding. Why haven't i had my period yet? 3 negative pregnancy test! and could i still be pregnant?

Time to adjust: It takes time to reset your periods after having a baby. If you had very irregular or widely spaced periods before your baby came, you may be going back to that model. If your periods were quite regular, remember that you could be ovulating, and get pregnant as a result of unprotected sex during ovulation. So do be careful, but remember that a new baby is a lot for your body to adjust to! ...Read more

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9 months postpartum. Period is on a 45 day cycle. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant. No birth control. Thyroid levels are normal. Any ideas?

9 months postpartum. Period is on a 45 day cycle. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant. No birth control. Thyroid levels are normal. Any ideas?

Yes.: A 45 day cycle is a normal cycle. I'm assuming, since you seemed concerned, that this is different than the cycle you had before delivery. Sometimes a thyroid test is warranted, but yours is normal. ...Read more

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I have spotting between periods. I am 18 months post-partum and still breastfeeding. I have had cervical ectropions in the past. What could it be?

I have spotting between periods. I am 18 months post-partum and still breastfeeding. I have had cervical ectropions in the past. What could it be?

Ectropion v. BF: Definitely either ectropion or breast feeding could be the cause. When a woman breastfeeds, she has elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone essential for breastfeeding. Prolactin can interfere with a regular cycle. Ectropions (benign) can also be associated, but more with post-coital spotting of bright red blood. If you're worried, see your doctor for an exam! be well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a super super heavy period after having a baby! I'm 3 months post partum and going through a super tampon every 45 min - ?

Is it normal to have a super super heavy period after having a baby! I'm 3 months post partum and going through a super tampon every 45 min - ?

Not normal: Is this the first period since delivery? Was everything ok with delivery and did bleeding stopped as expected afterwards? Were your periods heavy before preg.? Periods can become a bit heavier after pregnancy but a tampon every 45 min seems a lot. I'd see your OB-GYN, esp. if heavy bleeding continues, cramping, fever, dizzy or weak. ...Read more

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Is a very heavy period normal after a c section? I am 8 weeks postpartum. I also had some bleeding before my period started. Blood is bright red.

Is a very heavy period normal after a c section? I am 8 weeks postpartum. I also had some bleeding before my period started. Blood is bright red.

Probably normal: The first few periods after delivery can be heavier than usual. Have you had your postpartum visit yet? if that was normal, things are probably ok ...Read more

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What can I do to bring back my fertility, 7months postpartum, no period, and breasfeeding 2x a day?

What can I do to bring back my fertility, 7months postpartum, no period, and breasfeeding 2x a day?

Stop Breast Feeding: Breast feeding causes an elevation in blood prolactin levels which can inhibit ovulation or may cause deficiency n Progesterone production that may effect implantation of an embryo. It may tak about 6 to 8 weeks for the prolactin to normalize once you stop breast feeding. ...Read more

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I am having bright red moderate bleeding 7 weeks postpartum, and I exclusively breastfeed. I this my first period or should I be worried?

I am having bright red moderate bleeding 7 weeks postpartum, and I exclusively breastfeed. I this my first period or should I be worried?

Possible period: May be start of periods not usually this soon if breast feeding. Depends on how much bleeding and how long and if bleeding completely stopped for a while. Recommend go back and be checked by obstetrician. ...Read more

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5 months postpartum. I bled for one day only. Why? It wasn't a period , note: i breastfeed and have not got a period yet

5 months postpartum. I bled for one day only. Why? It wasn't a period , note: i breastfeed  and have not got a period yet

Normal: The hormones produced during breast feeding, namely prolactin, usually keep you from having periods. The prolactin shuts off the signals to the ovary that tell it to work. The reason for this is simple, a woman's body would have a hard time handling the protein and energy requirements of breastfeeding and being pregnant. ...Read more

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10 weeks postpartum, not breast feeding and I still haven't gotten my period. Should I be concerned?

10 weeks postpartum, not breast feeding and I still haven't gotten my period. Should I be concerned?

No: It is very variable when first period comes after delivery. Just be sure to use adequate birth control to avoid pregnancy. No concern as to when menses begins again. Your hormones in your body are "readjusting" ...Read more

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I'm 4 1/2 weeks postpartum via csection & i'm breastfeeding. 2wks ago my lochia was basically done then I started heavy & red & still going. Normal?

I'm 4 1/2 weeks postpartum via csection & i'm breastfeeding. 2wks ago my lochia was basically done then I started heavy & red & still going. Normal?

Maybe: If you've started on the progestin-only birth control pill (the "minipill") or gotten the birth control shot (depo-provera), you're likely to have spotting for a month or more; otherwise see you doctor for an early post-partum check. ...Read more

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Six months postpartum. period two months after labor and haven't gotten one since. i did not breastfeed, no birthcontrol, negative pregnancy tests. ?

Six months postpartum. period two months after labor and haven't gotten one since. i did not breastfeed, no birthcontrol, negative pregnancy tests.

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Anovulation.: You probably missed your periods because of ovarian failure. See your Gyn so you may be prescribed some hormone pill to regulate your periods. ...Read more

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I had my baby 8 weeks ago. I'm not breast feeding & had post partum bleeding for 3 weeks. When could i expect my period?

I had my baby 8 weeks ago. I'm not breast feeding & had post partum bleeding for 3 weeks. When could i expect my period?

Depends: Depends on how fast you heal . If you are not anemic and pretty healthy , you may see a period within the month. If you are taking birth control, depending upon what it is, this may affect your cycle. Check with you provider for this discussion. ...Read more

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Had first postpartum period last month. Been 35 days since, uterine lining on u/s 10mm, breasfeeding frequently, negative pregnant test.Why no period yet?

Not ovulating : You are likely having irregular cycles because with breastfeeding you are not ovulating regularly. You may ovulate so it isn't enough to keep you from getting pregnant, but expect irregular periods for a while. ...Read more

Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more


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